A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson says he didn’t intend Nazi salute after game

first_imgThe A’s released a statement condemning his gesture late Thursday night.”We are deeply sorry this happened on our playing field,” the team wrote.pic.twitter.com/JSWLCJcmca— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) August 7, 2020Hendriks, meanwhile, reached out to Slusser to offer his perspective.Liam Hendriks just texted me: “I know Ryan Christianson and what happened today was in no way a reflection of who he is.”— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 7, 2020 After video emerged of A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson raising a stiff right arm above his head twice following the team’s win Thursday over the Rangers, Christenson said he did not intentionally make a Nazi salute.As closer Liam Hendriks walked toward the home dugout following his save, Christenson waited for him with his arm locked upward. Hendriks forcibly moved the coach’s arm down as he passed before Christenson again struck the position on his way off the field. We take this time to introduce you to Oakland A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson … who likely saw his last day on an MLB fieldW … T … F?!?! (@1053TheFan @1053SS @RJChoppy) pic.twitter.com/RlNbeRgjeo— T̷R̷O̷Y̷ ̷H̷U̷G̷H̷E̷S̷ (@TommySledge) August 7, 2020Christenson told San Francisco Chronicle beat reporter Susan Slusser that general manager David Forst called him after the game to ask about the gesture. Christenson said he understood his motion “looks terrible.””Obviously I wasn’t doing that intentionally,” Christenson told Slusser. “I just blacked out, my mind wasn’t there and I spaced out. I’m sure it looks terrible. I did it but it was not intentional. I don’t know what more to say.”Christenson said, “Obviously I wasn’t doing that intentionally. I just blacked out, my mind wasn’t there and I spaced out. I’m sure it looks terrible. I did it but it was not intentional. I don’t know what more to say.”— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 7, 2020″I’m cringing inside picturing myself,” Christenson said. “Of course I’m sorry for it – it’s like standing there with my middle finger up. Anyone should know better.”— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 7, 2020Hendriks is known to celebrate with teammates following saves by using a chop handshake, but what Christenson did does not align with the mechanics of the gesture.MORE: NFL’s DeSean Jackson to visit Auschwitz after making anti-Semitic commentsChristenson, in his third season as Oakland’s bench coach, was considered a candidate for several vacant managerial positions this past offseason.last_img

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